CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A fun day filled with live music, rock painting and a photo booth, but at the heart of it was an event reminiscent of the life of 18-year-old Maurice Wilson.
“He was known to be positive. He was known for his smile,” his mother, Rebecca Gatewood, told 10 On Your Side.
Wilson was shot a year ago in Chesapeake. Gatewood said she remembers the day vividly.
“It was like a movie. Literally walking through a movie scene,” she said.
Gatewood learned that something was going on with his son. She followed her phone and saw that it was 0.4 miles from her house.
She arrived at the scene and saw police cars. Gatewood said he saw his son’s vehicle, but it was not in sight. Shortly after her arrival, the police notified her. Police found Maurice lying in the street with a gunshot wound.
A year later, Gatewood continues his mission to end gun violence.
“We have police there to respond to the violence, but it’s our civic duty,” she said.
Gatewood said it was our moral obligation to help stop the violence. Now she is doing her part by sharing the effects of gun violence.
“It’s not just one person. Families are affected. The community is affected by it,” Gatewood said.
Saturday’s event served as a fundraiser for Stop the Violence 757. All proceeds were in Wilson’s memory. Gatewood was blown away by the turnout.
“It’s overwhelming that he’s so loved and that so many people take time out of their day and come out to support such an important cause,” she said.
Gatewood looks to the future. She is already considering ways to help local teenagers.
“We are going to work and coordinate things in the spring to not only have a job fair but also trades,” she said.
Gatewood has scheduled a meeting with a local official.
“There are a few gun laws or the lack of a few gun laws that I find very interesting, so I will speak with our senator in the near future to start discussing changes,” a- she declared.
Gatewood hopes the discussion will bring about change and ensure that there are safer gun ownership laws in the Commonwealth.